Come graze with us, celebrating Iowa's rich culinary bounty with unique monthly tastings in our Visitor Center. Gather your friends and explore local food and beverage specialties. These food and beverage showcases benefit Living History Farms.
Advanced ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
A celebration of the ultimate comfort food - cheese! Grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese fondues, cheesecake, cheese curds - you get the idea. Discover what creative variations local chefs make of traditional favorites. Taste samples from our event partners: Ingersoll Wine and Spirits (Contributing Sponsor), and Big Rack Brew Haus, Cafe Su, The Cheese Shop, Doe's and Diva's Dairy Inc., Frisian Farms, Lost Lake Farm, Machine Shed Restaurant, Penoach Winery, Practical Farmers of Iowa (members of the Cheese Guild), Summerset Winery, and Urbandale HyVee.
Cheese Class: SOLD OUT Attend a 45 minute class with C.J. Bienert, owner of the Cheese Shop ($5.00) during Festival of Cheese. In the class you'll explore the "Seven Styles of Cheese". Learn about Fresh, Washed, Bloomy Semisoft, Semihard, Hard and Blue Cheese. This class has sold out for both sessions.
To assure ample opportunity for tasting, there will be two sessions, each with limited tickets sold. Please specify your time of choice when making your ticket purchase.
Saturday, January 21, 3-6pm
Come sample a wide variety of Iowa wines and tasty bites. Meet local vintners and shop the MarketPlace Gift Store for your favorite wines. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are included. Tickets available online through January 20. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.
Vendors include: Allspice, Buzzed Bee Meadery, Country Barn Winery, Covered Bridges Winery, East Grove Farms, Jasper Winery, La Quercia, Machine Shed Restaurant, Soldier Creek Winery, and Train Wreck Winery.
Spirits and Sweets
Saturday, February 18, 3-6pm
Pair cocktails mixed by Iowa artisan distillers with bite-sized sweets and savory items created by local eateries. Visit with distillers about the process of making spirits with Iowa grains and spend a fun afternoon indulging in Sarsaparilla Floats, spirits-infused goodies, and a relaxing session of adult coloring. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are included. Tickets are available online through February 17 at noon. Tickets will be available at the door unless sold out.
Vendors include: Broadbent Distillery, Dehner Distillery, IngeniOz Vodka, Iowa Legendary Rye, La Quercia, Machine Shed Restaurant, and Pies and Pastries by Lana.
Beer n’ Bread
Saturday, March 4, Two sessions: 3:00-4:30pm; 5:00-6:30pm
Sample several Iowa micro-brewed beers with fresh artisan breads and other goodies. Meet the people behind your favorite Iowa craft brews, and explore the art of home-brewing with local experts. Enjoy samples from our event partners, including Contributing Sponsor: Ingersoll Wine and Spirits, and Allspice, Big Rack Brew Haus, Boone Valley Brewing Co, Confluence Brewing, Firetrucker Brewery, Gateway Market, Machine Shed, Millstream Brewing, New American Brewing Co., and Tangerine Food Co. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are included.
To assure ample opportunity for tasting, there will be two sessions, each with limited tickets sold. Please specify your time of choice when making your ticket purchase. Tickets are available online through March 3 at noon. Tickets will be available at the door unless sold out.
Tickets will be available online starting November 28 at noon. Tickets required to attend.
General Admission $22, LHF Members $18
You must be 21 or older to attend, and photo ID required for admittance. Non-alcoholic beverages are available.